Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:04 pm
Fortunately for those of us who are suckers for novelty, every year fruits and vegetables seem to come in more bewitching colors, shapes and flavors. Lately, we've been tickled by the cotton candy grape and the vibrant orange Turkish eggplant.
The Sherpa people of Nepal have become famous for guiding mountain climbers up some of the world's highest peaks, especially Mount Everest. And while Sherpa guides earn relatively good pay for their work, they and their families pay a price in death and injury. According to Grayson Schaffer, a senior editor and writer for Outside magazine, a Sherpa working above Everest's base camp is nearly 10 times more likely to die than a commercial fisherman, the most dangerous, nonmilitary occupation in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One of the world's most trusted sources for news is back up, after an internal outage knocked it out for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning. The New York Times' main site and mobile app went down a little after 11 a.m. ET, when users who tried to visit received a "Service Unavailable" message.
The news organization's Twitter account sent this message, before the site returned:
Some stories catch your interest at a time in your life when you most need a distraction. 'The Planter', by Rutherford County native Pat Jobe, is one of those stories. It is a book that in so many way defies definition, and I think that's good. It could be a fantasy; it could be true; it could be inspirational; it could appeal to agnostics or even those who don't believe in anything.
In this case, it's all of those things. Jobe calls it a short novel, and that it may be, but it will stay with me. Tune in to hear my conversation with Pat Jobe.
Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 5:46 pm
Update at 5:33 p.m. ET. 'I'm Sorry':
Delivering an unsworn statement before a military judge in Fort Meade, Md., Pfc. Bradley Manning apologized for perpetrating the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history.
"I'm sorry I hurt people," he said according to Reuters. "I'm sorry that I hurt the United States. I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me."
Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 12:45 pm
The deadly explosion aboard an Indian submarine with 18 sailors on board is the worst loss for the country's navy since its 1971 war with Pakistan, and is seen as a setback to India's modernization of its defense capabilities.
Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 3:02 pm
Bustle.com is a new women's site staffed by editors and writers from traditionally female-oriented organizations like Glamour and Seventeen but founded and led by a man, Bryan Goldberg. His previous venture was the multimillion-dollar sports site Bleacher Report. In announcing the launch of his new lady-targeted venture Tuesday, he wrote: